The Best XLR Cable: A Complete Guide
Throughout a complete audio set up, there are multiple places where the audio can become compromised. If even one area of your audio equipment is lacking, it will be impossible for even the most expensive audio equipment to compensate for it. It is always best to have good quality equipment throughout your entire audio set up. One piece of equipment that people often overlook is the microphone cable. A low quality mic cable will result in a loss of audio and it can pick up interference along the way.
An XLR cable is a microphone cable that is used for most voice audio applications. It is a balanced cable that will retain its sound quality over lengths of up to 100 feet. It usually has a male and female connector at opposite ends.
Below, we have reviewed 4 of our favorite XLR cables that we found.
The Gearlux Balanced XLR Cable was made to offer everything the user will need in their set studio set up. It strikes a good balance of price vs quality and will be able to suite almost any type of studio set up and use.
Great all-around option
This cable is a great all-around option. It is long enough to suite most studio setups. It is balanced so it will be able to provide high quality sound for picking up music or spoken word. It is an affordable cable that can be bought individually or in a bunch
This cable comes equipped with an oxygen-free copper conductor (OFC) with serves to improve the signal clarity. OFC enhances the electrical properties of the audio transmissions which results in an overall improved signal transmission rate.
The OFC that is used is more expensive to create. It is up for debate as to whether it can provide a measurable difference in the final audio quality. You may be paying for an improvement that is hardly noticeable, however, at under $15, this cable is a great buy in either case.
If you are looking for an affordable cable that covers all of the bases, this is a good one to consider. It is good to have a longer cable if you are working in a new studio because it won’t become a limitation later on if you decide to rearrange the studio setup
The Mogami Gold Studio Microphone Cable is one of the best XLR cables available. It provides the highest sound quality of the cables that we will review today. It is made with the best materials and is designed to maximize the audio quality that is receives.
High quality design
It is designed well enough that there will be no loss of quality for even the longest lengths of 100 feet. There are many XLR cables that will show a significant drop in quality when they exceed lengths of over 25 feet. It has great connectors and the cord is very flexible to help you wind it through your studio.
– High noise cancellation abilities that is difficult to match
– Available in lengths of 2’, 3’, 6’, 10’, 25’, 50’, and 100’
– Gold connectors to provide the best transmission rates
– Lifetime warranty available
The only complaint regarding this cable is the price tag. Although audio equipment will always be expensive if you are looking for the highest quality, many people feel the advantage that a cable like this gives you is hard to detect and isn’t worth the bump in price.
Many users say this is the best XLR cable that they have tried. According to us, that praise is well earned. If you are looking for the best XLR cable regardless of price, we would highly recommend this one.
The GLS Audio Mic Cable Cords are the perfect solution for those that want to be able to conveniently track where each cord is connected to.
Easy to organize
This is the perfect set to purchase for those that need more than 1 or 2 XLR cables for their studio. When purchased in a group of 6, they are more affordable than any other cable that we have reviewed
today, but the affordable price does not come at the cost of quality.
– Balanced cords
– Comes in packs of 6 with different colored cords
– High-grade copper conductors
– Offered at a great bulk price
– 25 feet long
There are some concerns with the longevity of the cords, but you should expect them to last several years even in the worst case scenario.
These are the answer for anyone that will be using more than 2 XLR cords in their studio. The colored cords make it easy to organize and change out the mic setups. Even if you don’t need 6, it is always a good idea to have one or two extra on hand in case one becomes damaged.
The Pro Con EXM Excellines Microphone Cables are the preferred option for those times where you need a high quality long mic line. At 100 feet, they are a bit long for most studio uses, but are ideal to use as on-stage mics.
Easy to repair
The neutrik connectors are solderable which makes them easy to repair if they ever become damaged. This is important because at their higher price point, it may be worth repairing rather than replacing them if the connectors are compromised. They have a long line and provide great sound quality.
– Neutrik connectors
– Lifetime warranty offered
– 100 feet long
This is the best XLR cable for situations where the speaker will be moving throughout a large area. The cord is long enough where you can set it up behind a stage and it won’t require the speaker to accommodate any shortages in its length.
The best XLR cable will depend on your budget and your specific needs. Depending on what they are, there are enough cables out there that you should be able to find exactly what you need for your studio.